Humanoid robot 'to aid disaster zones'

On display at a robot exhibition in Tokyo, Kawasaki says existing humanoid robots are generally not robust enough to operate in a rough, dirty, and unpredictable disaster zone.

For the demonstration at a robot exhibition in Tokyo, Kaleido proved its powerful arms can lift humans and heavy objects at a time of an emergency.

The company hopes the robot can contribute to Japan, a country often hit by natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.

The international robot exhibition, which ended on Saturday (December 21) had over 200 companies participating, wand welcomed an estimated 130,000 visitors.